Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Baptist News Global is an independent Baptist news agency. It was founded in 2014 as a merger of Associated Baptist Press (ABP), which was founded in 1990, and the Religious Herald, which was founded in 1828. According to their about page “Baptist News Global is a reader-supported, independent news organization providing original and curated news, opinion and analysis about matters of faith. BNG covers the people, events, and ideas that are shaping American culture and Baptist life. We do so from a perspective that is Baptist in heritage and ecumenical in spirit.”
Funded by / Ownership
Baptist News Global is a nonprofit organization that is funded through reader-supported donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Baptist News Global publishes original news reporting as well as curated news from other sources related to religion and the Baptist Church. Original reporting is often well sourced and uses moderate loaded language such as this: COVID-19 pandemic creating long-lasting food shortages for poor. Curated news comes from a wide variety of credible sources such as the Associated Press, The Atlantic, Christianity Today and the Washington Post.
Baptist News Global also has a section for opinion pieces that slightly favor the left such as this: George Floyd and the silence of white evangelical America. They also frequently report negatively on the Trump administration such as this: The First Amendment and religious freedom compel me to refute Trump’s position on churches reopening. In general, they report news factually and with a slight left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date.
Overall, we rate Baptist News Global Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (8/23/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/06/2020)